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Newly-Outed Iowa Teen Commits Suicide

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Kenneth James Weishuhn Jr

This is SO sad.

There’s no reason why we should still be hearing such tragic stories like this one.

14-year old Kenneth James Weishuhn Jr. committed suicide this past weekend, after being bullied for months after coming out as gay.

The teen was from Primghar, Iowa, a small town with a population of under 1,000.

Kenneth’s Pinterest account had images repinned of same-sex couples, as well as quotes like, “never be bullied into silence” and one from Glee’s Chris Colfer: “There’s nothing wrong with you. There’s a lot wrong with the world you live in.”

Powerful quotes.

Superintendent of Kenneth’s high school, Dan Moore, wouldn’t speak out about the alleged bullying, but stated:

"We have heard the allegations. We don't know for sure why Kenneth did this."

The death is currently under investigation.

We’ve got to put an end to these horrible tragedies!!! Bullying is NEVER okay and if you are a victim, trust us, it DOES get better.

May Kenneth rest in peace.

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50 comments to “Newly-Outed Iowa Teen Commits Suicide”



  1. 1

    When will this stop?!? Also terrible news coming from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Check it out

  2. tadge says – reply to this


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    Poor poor young guy, what a tragic story. I came from a small community and had a tough time at school but got through it. That superintendant didnt have much to say did he?????

  3. patrlomb says – reply to this


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    So so sad! Want so much for this world to change. I'm heartbroken



  4. 4

    Terrible. I want to know who the fucking duche bags are that are doing this bullying.

  5. barney says – reply to this


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    Hey Superindendent Dan:She did this because yoy FAILED to do your job and follow up on the allegations you were informed of.



  6. 6

    I am really sorry for Kenneth. If he had reached out to someone, this could have been avoided. I say this because, he is in Hicksville USA, where the tolerance just isn't there. I am stereotyping little towns like this, because I haven't heard of one yet that stops any type of bullying.



  7. 7

    Thankfully there was no bullying before the year 2010.

  8. Midwest_Warrior says – reply to this


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    Re: northdolphin
    "Hicksville" USA that you speak of is my home state of Iowa. I don't know the details yet and perhaps there was some bullying but Iowa is one of the few states that has legalized gay marriage and is a very tolerant state. We don't give a crap what you, who you are, what color you are, as long as you are a GOOD person. We are neighborly and polite here. We had a kid in my hometown of less then 800 that was gay, we all knew it. He was a good person so he was just treated as he should be even from the "redneck" farm kids… like a person. I really hope the kid wasn't harassed and if he was that's BS. But it seems to be a trend lately from Gay teens to commit suicide. Truth is gay kids aren't the only ones being bullied in school so why are they all doing this?! You don't hear alot about over weight kids that get bullied doing this so what is the deal? I wonder if coming to terms with their sexuality is what is really the problem. I'm sure the harassment is hard but lets face it… every kid goes through it. So lets not blame it on the geography… we need to look into why gay teens are the ones that are doing this. It's happening all over.



  9. 9

    that superintendant knows damned well why this kid killed himself. he and others weren't doing their job and taking steps to stop this bullshit. and as for the bullies … get them all in a room, lock the door and burn the nest. they have a huge karmic debt to pay at some point in their lives. hopefully kenneth's loved ones will be there to see it happen.

  10. shozen says – reply to this


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    I was watching an interview with Lady Gaga and Oprah and she mentioned that we need to dissect this situation by not only giving notice to the victim but look into the bully themselves and ask them 'why'. Is it the culture? Is it pressure? Is it the way they were raised? I have all the sympathy for the victim, but to stop this, bully's need to be educated and possibly counselled. It seems to me that they are not getting the proper guidance in some part of their up-bringing.

  11. g says – reply to this


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    didn't' they do a study back in the 80s that by reporting on suicides, more suicides follow? I think it's called Copycat Suicides….hmmmm….I'd look into the Werther Effect too.



  12. 12

    I dont know why all these kids are committing suicide as we were all bullied. I was bullied for a long time and never once did I think about killing myself. I might have thought about killing the bullies ( as a kid would), but Never did I think I was the problem. I think they need to look into the possibility that there was a reason gay teens didnt come out to others. Teenagers are not the most sympathetic group and your sexual orientation is just that YOURs, so telling everyone about it is just adding fuel to an already hard time for growing teenagers. Personally I dont care what grown people do behind closed doors in their own home and bedrooms, but I think we need to stop pushing these young teenagers into thinking that they need to " come out" to fellow teenagers. Who you live with or choose as your lifetime partner is your business, but lets stop acting like teenagers are grown adults and have the maturity to understand why gay teenagers wish to " announce" their sexuallity.



  13. 13

    Another TREVOR PROJECT success story; all while the people running the TREVOR PROJECT are getting RICHER BEYOND BELIEF!



  14. 14

    Re: OJsakila – They are the POPULAR KIDS; teachers even suck up to the bullies…



  15. 15

    Honestly, I think people like you, Perez, need to stand up and tell these kids that killing themselves for being bullied is not acceptable. It is not acceptable to give up! I feel like these stories where the kid who killed themselves is a victim and somehow forced to take their own lives due to bullying, is actually causing even MORE Suicides.
    Teach these kids to GROW A PAIR! I only say all of this because I fully support the GLBT community and am sick of the martyr-like attitude that these kids didn't have a choice.



  16. 16

    let's start putting the blame where it belongs: WITH THE PARENTS who don't give their children the support and love for them to love themselves.

    no one causes suicide except the person committing suicide, but parents need to begin very early supporting their children with love and affection.

  17. Manny says – reply to this


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    The problem is we keep telling these kids to come out at a young age. They shouldn't be worried about this stuff. Middle school and High school, kids are full of hormones and coming out is just another reason to be bullied. Bullying will never stop! So, the best thing is to stop telling these kids to come out. Not just that, if they want to they better be prepared for what comes with coming out. I am gay, and I didn't come out until I was 18 because I felt coming out younger would not be good for myself. Only difference with me is if I had come out earlier, I also would have been ready for the backlash. I can stand up to myself. These kids can't and wont.

  18. PerezIzABully says – reply to this


    18

    Remember when Perez outed SIA and never apologized?



  19. 19

    All the more urgency in addressing stigma and discrimination. It kills people, directly and indirectly. There are many more studies that have been published since the 80's as research on this topic is ongoing and will continue to be until the problems are resolved.



  20. 20

    Re: Midwest_Warrior – I totally agree with you. I wish people would stop making Iowa seem as though we are all a bunch of hillbillies. I have lived here my entire life and always felt that Iowans are some of the nicest people around and yes I have traveled throughout the US to know that. I also agree with your statement about the "non gays" who are being bullied. There are a lot of other kids out there that are being bullied that do not get any mention. It seems as though you almost have to be gay for anyone to notice. And yes we do need to stop bringing so much attention to teen suicide because I do believe that some kids threaten it to get attention or to get their fellow peers to feel sorry for them. We just need to show them other options to deal with their anger and sadness.



  21. 21

    Re: Lady Who? – No bullying before 2010??!! Does Brandon Teena ring a bell? Along with millions of other kids that have been bullied BEFORE 2010! Get your facts straight! Thanks!



  22. 22

    Bullying is never okay??? That's all you did for years. Maybe the bullies learned their behavior from visiting your web site Mario.

  23. coop says – reply to this


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    This is so tragic and sad. However perez you have no place to talk about bullying after the sick and horrible things you have said about people in the past, no doubt they felt even worse at low points in their life, Britneys VMA performance in 2007 for example, you slammed her for it and said the most disgusting things, even wishing her dead, all during this time she was going through a lot of personal trauma. Hypocrit.



  24. 24

    So sad. RIP kid.



  25. 25

    Re: CanadianDiva – That's because kids nowadays are just too spoiled in every single way.



  26. 26

    Re: Noelley1430 – Obviously, they were being sarcastic…as in saying bullying is not new…what are you 12?

  27. Midwest_Warrior says – reply to this


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    Re: CanadianDiva
    Well said and you are right. Why, at this young of an age, are these kids focused on their preference for sexual partners? It just seems to me that these kids are reaching for the most dramatic outcome for small reasons. The bully stuff is getting out of hand too. Kids call names, they make fun of others, and it's wrong but it happens. I was semi- popular and I got bullied. I just let it roll off my back. Yeah it sucked but I never made myself out to be a victim and thought of taking my own life. Kids need to toughen up and parents need to be more involved so they have an outlet to get this suicide crap out of their system.



  28. 28

    all these folks encouraging children to come out are responsible for their bullying and death…let adults decide what to do but when you tell children to open themselves up to this, you are being selfish and using them for your own purposes. stop telling others what to do.



  29. 29

    When the hell with this stop??!!?!? It is not fair that this kid took his life because of some a******s who need to be shoot no kid should have to go through this but to all those victims of bullying out there It WILL get BETTER. I was bullied from the age of 4 up until I was 12. I was forced to be taken out of school. I'm back in school now, but moving on this should never happen and they know damn well why he committed suicide and it isn't fair that it had came to this. Bullies deserve to rote in hell.
    R.I.P Kenneth I hope you are in a safe place and hope you are okay wherever you are you wont be forgotten. :'( R.I.P



  30. 30

    Pretty sure that was sarcasm….come on!



  31. 31

    How interesting that my comment hasn't been posted, yet others have. Don't like it when people call you on your hypocrisy?! This is a terrible story, bullying is never OK, gay or straight.

  32. Wylie says – reply to this


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    What causes suicide is actually very complex. If bullying was the sole cause of suicide, I would be dead and so would most of you. Please take a moment to learn about suicide, its causes and ways to prevent it. Perpetuating this narrative that bullying is a solution to bullying might be part of the problem - it is clearly not helping!



  33. 33

    How do we know these kids are actually bullied? It could be the liberal media pushing their gay agenda. I do find it funny that no kids come forward to admitting bullying or witnesses come forward to claim he was indeed bullied. Where were all the people coming out saying "yeah he was bullied a lot" 8 out of 10 cases generally have no witnesses..Just allegations and the media blaming it on bullying. Typical.



  34. 34

    Re: CanadianDiva – It's most likely because bullying stops for you when you grow up. This is not the case for the LGBT community. We live in a country where it's okay for mothers and fathers, doctors and lawyers, congressmen and senators, to tell LGBT youth that they are immoral and perverse because of the way god made them. It's not only standing at the sidelines with judgmental comments, either. They have voted time and time again to take away their rights and to even classify them as second-class citizens.

    The bullying in this country WILL NOT stop until the ADULTS realize how damaging their antigay efforts are to the LGBT youth in this country.



  35. 35

    Re: NookiesWA – Even I know you are smarter than believing what you just wrote.



  36. 36

    Re: NookiesWA – You are a fucking idiot.

  37. Bianca says – reply to this


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    Such a sad sad thing. Why can't we let people be who they want to be? After all, it is not for us to Judge.

  38. annoyed says – reply to this


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    what people need to be concerned about is how a 14 year old boy knows hes gay? Why are kids this young thinking of sex and sexual preferences its not healthy or normal. Kids at 14 should not be thinking about sex or knowing they are gay. It's disgusting. People always miss the point they straight away cry about gay rights. I bet if this kid wasn't gay this wouldn't even be reported. People always miss the point



  39. 39

    Re: annoyed – You have got to be kidding me.

    You didn't know you were straight until you were older than 14? Speak for yourself. The rest of us and our sexualities clearly weren't as ambiguous as yours. I knew I was gay from a very, very early age. If you had to wait until you were older than 14 you were just lying to yourself.



  40. 40

    Re: joethehobo – you said it perfectly. You should be proud of yourself.



  41. 41

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  42. 42

    What a beautiful kid. Why does a boy have to kill himself for people to take notice! When are they gunna learn? the school should have dealt with these bullies, we've seen it too many times. I really hope they don't just sweep it under the rug, then he's death will truly be in vain! My thoughts are with him and his family.

  43. Kyle says – reply to this


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    I don't think it's responsible to 'enlighten' these kids when the problem is the people around them - the ones who will go to extremes to hurt them for coming out. Though I'm sure it makes great TV.



  44. 44

    Please.. "There's nothing wrong with you>" Um yes there is something wrong with homosexuals. I don't understand why so many people "mourn" over someone who took their own life. IT is the single most selfish think someone can do. Maybe the next victim will realize that CHOOSING TO BE GAY has consequences.

  45. Ron says – reply to this


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    Re: dryan1971 – Amen brother

  46. anel says – reply to this


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    om so sorry about kenneth jamEZ BULLYING ISN'T COOL AND BULLIES AREN'T COOL OR AWSOME OR A GOOD FRIEND TO PLAY WITH OR TALK TO IF YOU CANT STOP BULLYING ASK FOR HELP OR ITLL GET WORRSER THANK

  47. anel says – reply to this


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    KENNETH JAMES EVEN IF YOUR GAY THATS HOE LIFE IS …………… PPL CAN BE GAY TO BUT YOU SHULDNT GET BULLIED THAKS

  48. summer says – reply to this


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    The death is currently under investigation.

  49. Frank says – reply to this


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    Yes - I agree it is terrible, and I understand that teens need some comfort through the media. I however think it is really dangerous for people like Perez and the mainstream media to promote and encourage young people to come out! I was also in a school where I was being bullied, but I never came out. I toughened up, and no one knew I was guys and I became accepted and lived under the radar. When I was 21 I moved to a bigger city, and then only I was ready to come out. High School kids, should not come out of the closet, they are looking for trouble. We can not change the mindset of those around us. The media must stop encouraging this. It is a few years at school, that any kid could hide his sexuality, and protect themselves. After that, life becomes easier and yes it gets better. But for a 14 year old to come out when there are thousands of bullies around (especially in High School) coming out is the worst thing you can do. This whole coming out thing for youngsters as encouraged by the media, is killing kids! Stop it now - and save lives. When you are 21 + you are emotionally much stronger to handle this than when you are a 14 year old kid. Kids in High School should focus on their studies and not promote their sexuality - Harsh as it may sound!



  50. 50

    Re: Frank – While I agree with you in certain areas, I disagree with you, too. I am a college student and have still not come out of the closet, though my parents know and are very supportive. I just don't think I'm ready. Not that my friends would judge me or think it's wrong. It's just a huge commitment. Obviously, I will share this with them when I am ready.

    While it might be easy for you and I to stay in the closet because we don't come across as 'gay' on the outside, other people don't have this luxury.

    Your theory that we cannot change the people around us through our actions and the media is untrue. Gay civil rights has made incredible progress within the past decade, and it's only getting brighter.

    My point is, if someone in high school simply cannot live a lie to their peers any longer, then they will know when it is appropriate to come out, especially for the more flamboyantly gay people unlike you and I. For every 1 tragic gay youth suicide there are numerous success stories of teens who came out and made it out alive and sure of themselves.